Simple & Effective Techniques to Get Along with Coworkers

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How To: Get Along With Coworkers

So you want to make a good impression on your new coworkers or improve relations with your existing (and perhaps difficult) colleagues, but are not sure how. JobsInOneHour is here to help. The following are some techniques that will help build better working relationships. Doubtful that you should make the effort? Read about the advantages in Part I of this post.




Though the priority at work is to work, doing your job can be more enjoyable and efficient when you have rapport with coworkers. How can you establish rapport? Start by smiling and greeting your fellow work mates. Saying good morning or good night with a smile is a nice way to start or end the day. Remember to ask how they are doing or about their weekend. Take it one step further and either invite or accept invitations to have a coffee or lunch. Not only will you bond a little, but you will also get a short break from the grind.


Listening seems simple enough but it is actually quite challenging. Consequently, people can often feel underappreciated or unheard. If you take the time to truly pay attention to your coworkers’ ideas, suggestions or even complaints, you will be giving implicit reassurance that you value others’ opinions and are seriously considering them. Even if you disagree, carefully listening can make both parties more patient, and therefore more likely to reach a middle ground.

Offer Help

If you notice a coworker struggling with workload or even simply having rough day, offer a helping hand if you have the time. Sometimes just the offer of help is enough to make people feel supported. You will also establish a positive reputation for yourself as someone who is willing to go beyond expectations. The offer of help might encourage your colleagues to return the favor when you are in need.

Avoid Gossip

You have heard it before, but it is worth repeating. Avoid gossip at work. It is one of the fastest ways to lose the trust of others because you become known as someone who spreads stories – whether true or false. The next story could always be about you, so the farther away from gossip you are, the better. Along similar lines, unless you have an exceptionally close relationship with a coworker, avoid sharing very personal stories or issues – these are best discussed outside of the office.

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